Tara Dawn Flanagan

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)


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514-398-3441 [Office]


PhD McGill University


Community Engagement

I am the Chair of the JBSCE's (Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity) Subcommittee on Persons with Disabilities. This subcommittee is comprised of a wide array of students, faculty, and staff across McGill who are invested in recommending university policy and in promoting a more inclusive McGill. One of the subcommittee's initiatives is to co-host a Disability Film Festival, "Regarding Disability: A Film Festival", that will take place from March 21-28, 2013.

Research Grants

Current Grants: 1. National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (2012-2013), Quality of Student Life Among Naskapi Adolescents. 2. Ministere de l’Education, du Loisir et du Sport, Quebec (2012-2014), Promoting Integration: Ipads in the special classroom. 3. Max Bell Foundation (2011-2014), A Service Delivery Model to Better Support Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Transition from School to the Community (co-PI with Dr. A. Nadig), 4. Ministere de l’Education, du Loisir et du Sport, Quebec (2011-2013), S.T.A.R.S: Supporting Transitions for At-Risk Students.

Scholarly / Supervision Interests

My main research and theoretical interests lie in the areas of social cognition, social inclusion, and social policy for persons with Developmental Disabilities. I am particularly interested in the transition from school to the community for young adults with disabilities, self-determination, and in the notions of adulthood and quality of life for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

My Research Team: SPARC

SPARC (Social Policy, Advocacy, Research, Community) is comprised of graduate students from diverse backgrounds and with an array of strengths and interests. Team members include students from Human Development and Law programs, a fellow at the McGill Institute of Health and Social Policy, teachers, practitioners, and students with disabilities. SPARC's mandate is to promote social inclusion among individuals with disabilities by emphasizing self-determination, community, and a shared responsibility for successful outcomes.